12,400-year-old mummified dog expected to help clone the extinct species

2016-03-18 06:46:43 GMT2016-03-18 14:46:43(Beijing Time)  Ecns.cn
The mummified remains of an ancient puppy found near River Syalakh in Russia's Sakha Republic could be used to bring its species back from the dead after being frozen in time for almost 12,400 years. Controversial cloning guru Hwang Woo-suk has also taken samples from the remains in a bid to bring the extinct species back to life. A suspected sibling of the puppy was pulled from the same location near the village of Tumat four years earlier - in 2011 - dubbed Tumat Dog (pictured). It has since been subject to a post-mortem examination which revealed the litter may have been killed during a landslide. (Photo provided to China News Service)The mummified remains of an ancient puppy found near River Syalakh in Russia's Sakha Republic could be used to bring its species back from the dead after being frozen in time for almost 12,400 years. Controversial cloning guru Hwang Woo-suk has also taken samples from the remains in a bid to bring the extinct species back to life. A suspected sibling of the puppy was pulled from the same location near the village of Tumat four years earlier - in 2011 - dubbed Tumat Dog (pictured). It has since been subject to a post-mortem examination which revealed the litter may have been killed during a landslide. (Photo provided to China News Service)
Professor Darima Garmaeva, of the Institute of Medicine, said in June: “What is of real interest is the fact the (Tumat dog) has a completely preserved carcass, which is unique by itself, with nothing like it in the world. Although the tissues are mummified, they have no post-mortem decomposition.”(Photo provided to China News Service)Professor Darima Garmaeva, of the Institute of Medicine, said in June: “What is of real interest is the fact the (Tumat dog) has a completely preserved carcass, which is unique by itself, with nothing like it in the world. Although the tissues are mummified, they have no post-mortem decomposition.”(Photo provided to China News Service)
The mummified remains (pictured) of an ancient puppy could be used to bring its species back from the dead after being frozen in time for 12,400 years. Experts have thawed the animal, ahead of a full and official post mortem, to discover its brain is still surprisingly “well preserved.” (Photo provided to China News Service)The mummified remains (pictured) of an ancient puppy could be used to bring its species back from the dead after being frozen in time for 12,400 years. Experts have thawed the animal, ahead of a full and official post mortem, to discover its brain is still surprisingly “well preserved.” (Photo provided to China News Service)
Details, including its teeth and fur, have been revealed in a video that shows mud and dirt from a dozen millennia being washed off the frozen puppy. Russian expert Dr Pavel Nikolsky said: “The carcass is preserved very well and one of the most important things is that the brain is preserved.” (Photo provided to China News Service)Details, including its teeth and fur, have been revealed in a video that shows mud and dirt from a dozen millennia being washed off the frozen puppy. Russian expert Dr Pavel Nikolsky said: “The carcass is preserved very well and one of the most important things is that the brain is preserved.” (Photo provided to China News Service)
The degree of preservation is said to be around 70 to 80 percent, although the experts will be able to be more specific after the animal is fully extracted. Although it has dried out, both the parencephalon, cerebellum and pituitary gland are visible. In this image, the dog's teeth are exposed. (Photo provided to China News Service)The degree of preservation is said to be around 70 to 80 percent, although the experts will be able to be more specific after the animal is fully extracted. Although it has dried out, both the parencephalon, cerebellum and pituitary gland are visible. In this image, the dog's teeth are exposed. (Photo provided to China News Service)
The dimensions of the discoveries in 2011 and 2015 and their location in Tumat village indicate both puppies may belong to the same litter. They were found two meters away from each other, although the 2015 puppy (pictured) is better preserved than the previous one, said experts. (Photo provided to China News Service)The dimensions of the discoveries in 2011 and 2015 and their location in Tumat village indicate both puppies may belong to the same litter. They were found two meters away from each other, although the 2015 puppy (pictured) is better preserved than the previous one, said experts. (Photo provided to China News Service)
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